AIH 2019 Annual Awards

Every year, the Institute celebrates excellence in horticulture with diverse projects, experiences and people acknowledged and recognised for their achievements. In a year that has delivered major disruption across the world, it is timely that the Australian Institute of Horticulture celebrates these superb people and their projects.

September 29, 2019

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Golden Wattle Award

Costa Georgiadis


Matt Mitchley MAIH RH – Secretary, Michael Casey MAIH RH – President, Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH, Andrew Prowse MAIH RH – Treasurer, Alan Burnell MAIH RH – Vice-President

For commitment to and promotion of Australian Horticulture

The AIH Golden Wattle Award is an award of significance to an outstanding horticulturist. This is the highest award of institute recognition to be given to a horticulturist whose practice has advanced the profession of horticulture in Australia.

Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH, Wayne Van Balen MAIH RH, Chris Poulton FAIH RH, Michael Casey MAIH RH

Silver Gum Award

Sponsored By Horticultural Training P/L

Wayne Van Balen


For commitment to and promotion of the Horticultural Industry.

The AIH Silver Gum is a significant and senior AIH award and is given in recognition of the support of exemplar projects, work and promotion of horticulture advancement and application.

Horticulturist of the Year

Sponsored by Fitzpatrick Insurance

Phillip Johnson


Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH, Phil Johnson MAIH RH, Wayne Van Balen MAIH RH, Daniel Holmes – Fitzpatrick Insurance

The annual Award offers a unique opportunity to publicly recognise an outstanding AIH member. It is to be presented for their outstanding contribution to a horticultural project of merit, including horticulture education or horticulture media.

Student of the Year

Coralie Stuart

Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH, Coralie Stuart, Alan Burnell MAIH RH – Vice-President

This award goes to a Student/ recent Graduate who has achieved exemplary outcomes during their time as a student, and has shown that their contribution will benefit the Horticulture industry.

Kim Morris Student Award of Merit

Scott Burgess

Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH, Scott Burgess, Andrew Prowse MAIH RH – Treasurer

For a student that displayed an exceptional merit and determination in their studies in horticulture. This award was created in memory of Kim in acknowledging that the continuation of the industry relies on forming pathways for future leaders of the profession.

Award of Excellence

Andrew Prowse + the late Kim Morris


Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH, Andrew Prowse MAIH RH – Treasurer, Chris Poulton FAIH RH. Not Pictured: the late Kim Morris FAIH RH

Project: Lutwyche War Cemetery Refurbishment

A recipient of an Award of Excellence has been a Member of the Institute for a continuous period of not less than four years and has demonstrated consistent achievement in a horticultural field.

Award of Merit

Roman Deguchi

Matt Mitchley MAIH RH, Roman Deguchi, Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH

Project: “5 Senses Garden” in Rhodes Park, Concord West.

Roman Deguchi and his staff and 70 volunteers at the Inner West Neighbour Aid (IWNA) have transformed 271 gardens in the last year.

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Award of Merit

Clarence Slockee + Christian Hampson

Co-Directors at Yerrabingin

Clarence Slockee, Matt Mitchley MAIH RH, Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH, Christian Hampson

Project: Yerrabingin Indigenous Roof Top Food Garden.

The award is for the design and management of Australia’s first indigenous urban food production farm. This 500m2 roof garden was created on the rooftop of a Mirvac office in Sydney’s Eveleigh Industrial Park.

Award of Merit

Professor Mark Tjoelker

Matt Mitchley MAIH RH, Prof Mark Tjoelker, Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH

Project: Tree Stock Outreach Project.

Western Sydney University – Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

The project aimed to validate the 2015 tree stock standard and those early results showed that the scope of the 2015 standard was indeed too narrow.

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Green Space Urban Award

Sponsored by Holdmark Developments builders

Exotic Nurseries and Landscaping

Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH, Tony Takchi, David Hanna – Botanica Nurseries, Michael Casey MAIH RH – President

Project: Shepherds Bay, Meadow Bank NSW

Citation: The project is an inner-city apartment block that overlooks the Parramatta River. Extensive gardens and planter boxes have been built onto concrete surfaces to soften the density of the built environment. Landscape construction of the project has been ongoing for about three years.

Green Space Regional Award

Sponsored by Evergreen Infrastructure

QM Properties Pty Ltd

Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH, Glen Challenor, Rob McIlroy, Michael Casey MAIH RH – President, David Hanna – Botanica Nurseries

Project: Dawn Andrews Park, Central Springs Estate QLD.

Constructed by QM Properties Pty Ltd. Landscape Architects, Saunders Havill Group

Dawn Andrews Park is located within QM communities’ Central Springs development in Caboolture and has been constructed in three stages.

Green Space International Award

Presented by John Tan MAIH on behalf of GWS Living Art.

GWS Living Art

osta Georgiadis MAIH RH, John Tan MAIH, David Hanna – Botanica Nurseries, Michael Casey MAIH RH – President

Project: Green wall installation

Statement of thanks by GWS Living Art: “Singapore is known as “The Garden City”, and it is with much pride that we do what we do – greening this urban city.

Green Space Urban Award

Sponsored by Jungle Horticulture

Natural Area Consulting Management Services

Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH, David Hancock AAIH – Natural Area, Michael Casey MAIH RH – President

Project: Walters Brook Restoration Project

Banks Reserve is the only section of river frontage with recreational space available within the city of Vincent. 

Green Space Events & Engagement Award

Kings Park & Botanic Garden Authority

Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH, Ms Lesley Hammersley, Grady Brand, Michael Casey MAIH RH

Project: Kings Park Festival 1st – 30th September
during the main Wildflower season in Western Australia.

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is part of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

Green Space Community Award

Community Engagement Office, City of Stirling

Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH, Neville Passmore FAIH RH accepting the award on behalf of City of Sterling, Michael Casey MAIH RH

Project: Tree Tails

Citation: It was launched in 2018 as an initiative to shine a light on the often invisible benefits that our trees provide and the importance of daily connections to nature in our urban environment. 

International Award of Merit

Jeverss Choo Jun Wei

Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH, Jeverss Choo Jun Wei, Jackie Warburton MAIH

Promotion of Horticulture & Industry Training

Jeverrs and his family’s company, Mao Sheng, is an award-winning company in Singapore specialising in landscape construction and maintenance, design and supply who hire approx. 500 staff.

AIH Fellow

Patrick Regnault


Patrick Regnault FAIH RH

The members thank you and believe it is high time you joined our group of Fellows.

AIH Fellow

Glenice Batchelor


Glenice Batchelor FAIH RH

The Members wish to acknowledge your ongoing contribution and honour you with a Fellowship.

Award of Appreciation

Paul Plant


Chair of Fellows Group

Award of Appreciation

Neville Passmore


Neville Passmore FAIH RH, Jackie Warburton MAIH

Convenor of the 2019 AIH Conference

Lifetime Achievement Award

Marion Blackwell

Presented prior to the conference by Neville Passmore FAIH RH.

Marion Blackwell is a National Treasure and was awarded an Order of Australia in 2018. She is recognised for her work as an environmental Scientist, landscape architect and conservationist. Given the theme of our conference she is a very fitting recipient of this award. Her publications and reports cover a wide field of W.A. interests, especially local gardening and landscape projects as well as for major mining companies such as NBHP and Woodside Offshore Petroleum.

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